The bottom line was it was time to stop looking back and living in the past. Christmas memories were something to cherish and smile about, but cling to them too tightly and they’d turn sour, maybe even make you bitter. Trying to live in the past, wanting everything to stay the way it had always been, was a destructive illusion.
Stan and Judith are now empty nesters living in Florida. Their story is a page from my own story that being said, I saw more to my story than I thought was there.
Stan loves to fish (so does my husband) and now that the kids are on their own with their own families, him and his fishing buddy are now looking to buy a new fishing boat. Judith has always been supportive of Stan’s fishing hobby but now that the kids are gone and are not planning to come home for Christmas, she can’t seem to look forward to anything and Stan is becoming more worried for his wife. Even putting up the tree is something that brings pain and sorrow instead of joy and laughter.
Dan Walsh brings out the emotions and the misunderstandings of the heart suddenly empty and the longing of family that has changed from always being there to having be put on the calendar. It was a tear jerker for me.
A Special Thank You to Revell and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.